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13th Sep '17 7:36:52 PM Doug86
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* Parodied with [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep Teacher]] in ''Eiken'', the Eiken club's chaperone whom Densuke never noticed until 11 chapters in because she's so unnoticeable. It's implied she was there the whole time (but she only appeared then because [[{{Retcon}} the author needed someone in the school to keep an eye on them]]).

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* Parodied with [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Teacher]] in ''Eiken'', the Eiken club's chaperone whom Densuke never noticed until 11 chapters in because she's so unnoticeable. It's implied she was there the whole time (but she only appeared then because [[{{Retcon}} the author needed someone in the school to keep an eye on them]]).
3rd Sep '17 1:59:14 AM Vir
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** In the 20th episode of season 2 "It's About Time" Twilight Sparkle fails to notice the entrance to the Star Swirl the Bearded wing of the Canterlot Library until Pinkie Pie points out that it is right next to them (just behind the viewer's point of view) right next to where they entered. Twilight {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s this by wondering how she could have possibly missed that, though to be fair she had been awake for almost 3 days.

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** In the 20th episode of season 2 "It's About Time" Twilight Sparkle fails to notice the entrance to the Star Swirl the Bearded wing of the Canterlot Library until Pinkie Pie points out that it is right next to them (just behind the viewer's point of view) right next to where they entered. Twilight {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by wondering how she could have possibly missed that, though to be fair she had been awake for almost 3 days.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' episode "Nullzilla", Bob and his friends fail to notice the giant Null monster until Mike pointed it out.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Nullzilla", Bob and his friends fail to notice the giant Null monster until Mike pointed it out.
2nd Sep '17 7:38:24 AM NESBoy
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** In "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back", during the scene where Marge invites Lisa to watch [[AllMusicalsAreAdaptations a musical adaptation]] of ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'', Lisa is holding some pamphlets for the performance in a way that blocks her neck from the viewers' perspective. Marge then offers Lisa some earrings she bought as a gift for her, but Lisa tells her she's not into jewelry at the moment, at which point she sets the pamphlets down, revealing she's not wearing her signature pearl necklace. Marge gasps in shock, even though [[http://68.media.tumblr.com/c2c658edffa965856b724a5612b5ec6b/tumblr_odh38odmcq1qh59n0o2_540.png she's in a position where she can see Lisa's neck the whole time]].
31st Aug '17 1:08:27 AM PaulA
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* In ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'', the eponymous prison train should be visible for miles down the track; it's a train, after all, and it does have a pretty good smokestack on it. Dan should have no trouble telling how soon it'll pull into the station, but it's kept Behind the Black to increase the dramatic tension during the final shootout.

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* In ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'', ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma2007'', the eponymous prison train should be visible for miles down the track; it's a train, after all, and it does have a pretty good smokestack on it. Dan should have no trouble telling how soon it'll pull into the station, but it's kept Behind the Black to increase the dramatic tension during the final shootout.
29th Aug '17 12:13:41 PM CosmicFerret
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* A few times in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:

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* A few times in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series:
21st Aug '17 9:33:22 AM Gosicrystal
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* On one episode of WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd it is revealed that Kyle Justin, who sings the theme song at the beginning of every episode, is actually crouching behind the couch, just out of view, the rest of the time.
** More precisely, he actually ''lives'' back there, on-set but off-screen. 'Cos, you know, the set is all that ''really'' exists in a video.
--> '''The Nerd:''' "Why are you always behind my damn couch anyway?!"
--> '''Kyle:''' "''There are no other couches to go behind''!!!"
** Although, technically, it's more of a futon.

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* On one episode of WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd it is revealed that Kyle Justin, who sings the theme song at the beginning of every episode, is actually crouching behind the couch, just out of view, the rest of the time.
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time. More precisely, he actually ''lives'' back there, on-set but off-screen. 'Cos, you know, the set is all that ''really'' exists in a video.
--> '''The Nerd:''' "Why Why are you always behind my damn couch anyway?!"
anyway?!
--> '''Kyle:''' "''There ''There are no other couches to go behind''!!!"
** Although, technically, it's more of a futon.
behind''!!!



** The Last Angry Geek faked out the Critic this way. It looked like he'd left while Critic was trying to say something... but it turns out, Last Angry Geek was only hiding under the camera's view. Since he was still in the room, the Critic ''should'' have seen him.



** Earlier, The Last Angry Geek faked out the Critic this way. It looked like he'd left while Critic was trying to say something... but it turns out, Last Angry Geek was only hiding under the camera's view. Since he was still in the room, the Critic ''should'' have seen him.



** In Season 4, Simmons has been kicked out of the Red Army for claiming he saw a tank. Sheila (the tank) later comes and invites him to the old Blue Base, which is right in front of him, but he's still surprised to see it.



** Earlier in Season 4, Simmons has been kicked out of the Red Army for claiming he saw a tank. Sheila (the tank) later comes and invites him to the old Blue Base, which is right in front of him, but he's still surprised to see it.



* * [[http://www.britanick.com/videos/?id=Gu6xnR9kuYE This video]] by comedy group {{WebVideo/BriTANicK}} posits [[OffScreenRealityWarp what might happen]] to anyone caught behind the lack during a SplitScreenPhoneCall.

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* * [[http://www.britanick.com/videos/?id=Gu6xnR9kuYE This video]] by comedy group {{WebVideo/BriTANicK}} posits [[OffScreenRealityWarp what might happen]] to anyone caught behind the lack during a SplitScreenPhoneCall.



* Humorously used in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Third": Darwin is looking at his reflection in a window, sees what he thinks is Gumball's reflection, turns around, and stares offscreen for several seconds until Gumball points out that he's ''not there'' but rather outside, on the opposite side of the window.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
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Humorously used in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Third": Darwin is looking at his reflection in a window, sees what he thinks is Gumball's reflection, turns around, and stares offscreen for several seconds until Gumball points out that he's ''not there'' but rather outside, on the opposite side of the window.



** In another episode, Stan masters the art of the StealthHiBye, which works even when people are looking ''right at him'', so long as he's just outside the frame. Gets spoofed when he tries it after being psyched out by a car salesman, only for the "camera" to pan over and show him with his head stuffed into the mailbox as he laments that he can't even vanish mysteriously anymore.

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** In another episode, Stan masters the art of the StealthHiBye, which works even when people are looking ''right at him'', so long as he's just outside the frame. Gets spoofed when he tries it after being psyched out by a car salesman, only for the "camera" to pan over and show him with his head stuffed into the mailbox as he laments that he can't even vanish mysteriously anymore.



** Played straight, while subverting [[RightBehindMe a similar trope]] ''at the same time''.
--> '''Bender:''' Ah, the point is, it's all Morgan's fault. That pencil-pushing scazwag, why, if she were here, I'd... uh oh, is she behind me?
--> '''Morgan:''' No. [[ImStandingRightHere I'm in front of you]]. (camera shifts ''inches'' to the right)
--> '''Bender:''' ([[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl shrieks]])

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** Played straight, straight while subverting [[RightBehindMe a similar trope]] RightBehindMe ''at the same time''.
--> ---> '''Bender:''' Ah, the point is, it's all Morgan's fault. That pencil-pushing scazwag, why, if she were here, I'd... uh oh, is she behind me?
--> ---> '''Morgan:''' No. [[ImStandingRightHere I'm in front of you]]. (camera ''(camera shifts ''inches'' to the right)
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right)''
--->
'''Bender:''' ([[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl shrieks]])''([[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl shrieks]])''



--> '''Bender:''' [[LampshadeHanging We're in here, too]].

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--> ---> '''Bender:''' [[LampshadeHanging We're in here, too]].



** Also parodied in the very first episode. Bender's (robot) arms fall off, and the camera zooms in to show him putting his own arms back in place...conveniently hiding the impossibility of this--how did he use a detached arm to pick up and attach his other detached arm?--off the edge of the screen.
--> '''Fry:''' I don't know how you ''did'' that!

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** Also parodied Parodied in the very first episode. Bender's (robot) arms fall off, and the camera zooms in to show him putting his own arms back in place...conveniently hiding the impossibility of this--how did he use a detached arm to pick up and attach his other detached arm?--off the edge of the screen.
--> ---> '''Fry:''' I don't know how you ''did'' that!



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', excited characters also have the strange ability to stick their heads in from behind the black, often in positions where they would have to be hovering several feet above the ground. Nobody questions this. Pinkie Pie in particular takes this to ridiculous levels. At one point, it's subverted as she promptly falls down.
** Originally ''only'' Pinkie was able to do this. When other, generic, ponies do it in Winter Wrap Up, Rainbow Dash is definitely surprised by it.
** It's also taken to a ridiculous extreme in Call Of The Cutie as an entire party appears out of nowhere while the camera is zoomed in on Apple Bloom's face.
** Also done to a rather extreme in "Bridle Gossip" when Twilight and Spike first duck into Sugarcube Corner with Pinkie Pie. Twilight asks why she's sitting alone in the dark, to which Pinkie replies she isn't. At that, the camera zooms out to reveal all the other mane cast are also in hiding.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', excited ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Excited
characters also have the strange ability to stick their heads in from behind the black, often in positions where they would have to be hovering several feet above the ground. Nobody questions this. Pinkie Pie in particular takes this to ridiculous levels. At one point, it's subverted as she promptly falls down.
** Originally ''only'' Pinkie was able to do this. When other, generic, generic ponies do it in Winter "Winter Wrap Up, Up", Rainbow Dash is definitely surprised by it.
** It's also taken to a ridiculous extreme in Call "Call Of The Cutie Cutie" as an entire party appears out of nowhere while the camera is zoomed in on Apple Bloom's face.
** Also done Done to a rather extreme in "Bridle Gossip" when Twilight and Spike first duck into Sugarcube Corner with Pinkie Pie. Twilight asks why she's sitting alone in the dark, to which Pinkie replies she isn't. At that, the camera zooms out to reveal all the other mane cast are also in hiding.



** And now, in "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie is looking at the new twins, and phases under the window. In this case, [[LampshadeHanging the other ponies notice it]].

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** And now, in In "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie is looking at the new twins, and phases under the window. In this case, [[LampshadeHanging the other ponies notice it]].



** Used later in the episode "City Sushi", where Tuong Lu Kim (owner of City Wok) has failed to notice that a sushi restaurant has been built and opened right next door to his restaurant until Butters gives him a flyer for it.

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** Used later in the episode "City Sushi", where Tuong Lu Kim (owner of City Wok) has failed to notice that a sushi restaurant has been built and opened right next door to his restaurant until Butters gives him a flyer for it.



* Occurs in real life too: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inattentional_blindness Conceptual or inattentional blindness]], where a person engaged in one or more attention-grabbing activities fails to see something which is also present, means for most humans, quite a lot of things are BehindTheBlack. Experiments on this concept have had experiment subjects fail to notice the sudden appearance of a gorilla, or in another experiment a clown on a unicycle, when they were focused on the other elements of the experimental videos.

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* Occurs in real life too: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inattentional_blindness Conceptual or inattentional blindness]], where a person engaged in one or more attention-grabbing activities fails to see something which is also present, means for most humans, quite a lot of things are BehindTheBlack.Behind the Black. Experiments on this concept have had experiment subjects fail to notice the sudden appearance of a gorilla, or in another experiment a clown on a unicycle, when they were focused on the other elements of the experimental videos.



** Similarly, in stage productions of ''Literature/WarHorse'', the horse puppets are operated by puppeteers costumed to fit in with the cast. Even though it requires three of them to operate the puppets of the adult horses, after a while the audience simply stops seeing them.

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** Similarly, in In stage productions of ''Literature/WarHorse'', the horse puppets are operated by puppeteers costumed to fit in with the cast. Even though it requires three of them to operate the puppets of the adult horses, after a while the audience simply stops seeing them.



* Any recorded program that features skits involving the changing of wigs, costumes, or hats. The live audience can see what's going on, but the cameras make sure the viewers at home can't.
** Same for some in-the-round plays, where you may see actors changing costumes or operating scenery/props in the darkness just off-stage, but you're supposed to pretend you don't. The play and musical ''Vanities'' subverts this trope by having the cast change costumes, makeup, and wigs (in some productions) in full view of the audience. With literal vanity desks, hence the name.

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* Any recorded program that features skits involving the changing of wigs, costumes, or hats. The live audience can see what's going on, but the cameras make sure the viewers at home can't.
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can't. Same for some in-the-round plays, where you may see actors changing costumes or operating scenery/props in the darkness just off-stage, but you're supposed to pretend you don't. The play and musical ''Vanities'' subverts this trope by having the cast change costumes, makeup, and wigs (in some productions) in full view of the audience. With literal vanity desks, hence the name.



** Probably the most blatant example of this however, came in one of those "Masked Magician" specials, where the titular magician made a ''tank'' disappear. The trick was accomplished by covering the camera and then shifting it 20 feet to the right.
** Another obvious example is in ''Series/CrissAngelMindfreak'' when the titular magician "walks on water", i.e. a piece of clear plastic suspended at water level. Everyone in the pool had to be in on it.
** When the magician David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty "disappear" he did it by putting the cameras and live audience on a giant Lazy Suzan and slowly rotated it while the Statue was hidden from their view by a curtain.
** Not just televised magic acts depend on this, either: any time a magician tells you to "watch carefully" the item that's supposedly going to change, disappear, or whatever, it's to divert your attention from what they're doing BehindTheBlack.

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** Probably the most blatant example of this however, came in In one of those "Masked Magician" specials, where the titular magician made a ''tank'' disappear. The trick was accomplished by covering the camera and then shifting it 20 feet to the right.
** Another obvious example is in ''Series/CrissAngelMindfreak'' when In ''Series/CrissAngelMindfreak'', the titular magician "walks on water", i.e. a piece of clear plastic suspended at water level. Everyone in the pool had to be in on it.
** When the magician David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty "disappear" "disappear", he did it by putting the cameras and live audience on a giant Lazy Suzan and slowly rotated it while the Statue was hidden from their view by a curtain.
** Not just televised magic acts depend on this, either: any * Any time a magician tells you to "watch carefully" the item that's supposedly going to change, disappear, or whatever, it's to divert your attention from what they're doing BehindTheBlack.Behind the Black.
16th Aug '17 9:45:02 AM Sharlee
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** Not just televised magic acts depend on this, either: any time a magician tells you to "watch carefully" the item that's supposedly going to change, disappear, or whatever, it's to divert your attention from what they're doing BehindTheBlack.
21st Jul '17 4:43:06 PM DarthNANAME
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*''[[Videogame/{{Oddworld}} Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee]]'' and its sequel ''Abe's Exoddus'' have entrances to secret areas hidden behind foreground scenery. The 3D ''Munch's Oddysee'' and ''Stranger's Wrath'' dropped this, for obvious reasons.
24th Jun '17 10:37:06 AM nombretomado
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* ''Death Valley'' (a show with the basic premise of [[XMeetsY C.O.P.S dealing with supernatural criminals]]) constantly had zombies and other JumpScare monsters jump the camera from just off-screen, regardless of whether the crew was standing in an empty parking lot, a baseball field or a stretch of highway.

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* ''Death Valley'' (a show with the basic premise of [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY C.O.P.S dealing with supernatural criminals]]) constantly had zombies and other JumpScare monsters jump the camera from just off-screen, regardless of whether the crew was standing in an empty parking lot, a baseball field or a stretch of highway.
20th Jun '17 11:59:06 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheWickerMan'' has every single character in the scene [[FailedASpotCheck fail to see]] or hear the truck coming up the street the wrong way. Not even the audience can hear it until it crashes.

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* ''Film/TheWickerMan'' ''Film/TheWickerMan2006'' has every single character in the scene [[FailedASpotCheck fail to see]] or hear the truck coming up the street the wrong way. Not even the audience can hear it until it crashes.
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